JAY VERSUS THE SAXOPHONE OF DOOM by Kara Kootstra
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Orr's afterword has the final words—on passion, struggle, respect—qualities Kootstra has spun into her story with understated dexterity. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kootstra manages to breed a saxophone to a hockey stick and produce one sweet boy. Read full book review >
WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A BANG AND A CLANG by Emma J. Virján
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Muted giggles but no standing ovation for this orchestra. (Early reader. 3-6)"
The fourth in the early-reader Pig in a Wig series. Read full book review >

THE BIG SECRET by Alexa Pearl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Sweet and spunky. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
A young horse discovers the magical reason why she doesn't fit in. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT! GOOD NIGHT! by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail.(Picture book. 3-7)"
Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine. Read full book review >
BAD KITTY TAKES THE TEST by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Standardized-test companies may want to hurl hairballs, but the loopy humor and silly kitty cast will have fans purring with laughter. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)"
How good is Bad Kitty at actually being a cat? Read full book review >

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES by Ellen Oh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers. (Anthology. 8-12)"
Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, a collection of short stories that embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Read full book review >
THE SWEETEST SOUND by Sherri Winston
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Readers will be rooting for both Cadence as she claims her gift and the community who supports her. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What if, in not keeping a promise to God, you make a deal with the devil? Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY WHISKERS by Gigi Priebe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Innocuous adventuring on the smallest of scales. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) upgrades to The Mice and the Rolls-Royce. Read full book review >
THE BAD GUYS by Aaron Blabey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Four misunderstood villains endeavor to turn over a new leaf…or a new rap sheet in Blabey's frenzied romp. Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Jessica Olien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The simple storyline and art complement each other as readers are gently guided to comprehend the folly of judging a book by its cover. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when the loudest (and smelliest) polar bear finds himself stuck on an ice floe with the quietest and most fastidious polar bear? They build a wall! Read full book review >
EGG by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Another stunner from Henkes, who is able to evoke so much with few words and such seemingly simple illustrations. Gorgeous and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Henkes' latest book, the illustrator returns to one of his favorite recent themes—waiting. Read full book review >
A PERFECT MATCH by Megan Maynor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Understanding each other's unique needs is a tricky lesson to navigate—Ella and Penguin do so with charm and wit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The kindly duo from Ella and Penguin Stick Together (2015) explore another friendship theme. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >